The Department of Budget and Management (DBM), a government agency responsible for the efficient and proper management of government funds, has recently partnered with IPConverge Data Center, Inc., the country’s first and only publicly listed Internet data center and cloud services provider, for Google Apps for Business — cloud-based email and office productivity tools from the global Internet search giant.
“Through our partnership with IP-Converge, we wish to join several businesses and government agencies in taking advantage of the Cloud Age to improve key areas in our operations, most especially document collaboration. The resulting efficiencies will translate to direct, immediate, and sustainable benefits for the Filipino public through well-delivered services,” DBM Undersecretary and Chief Information Officer Bon Moya said.
For his part, IP-Converge President Rene Huergas said, “We are glad to be able to help DBM further enhance its efficiency and empower its employees through Google’s reliable, cloud-based office productivity tools.”
The use of Google Apps for Business has proven benefits and savings, as it requires no hardware or software installation and needs only minimal administration, creating tremendous time and cost savings for business and public entities. Email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, calendaring and scheduling, groups, intranets and video sharing can all be used in one very cost-effective package.
Google also gives each user 25GB for email storage, 50 times more storage than the industry average, and 99.9 percent uptime reliability guarantee, eliminating the need to worry about system downtime. It also has several options for accessing information while users are on-the-go, while ensuring the safety and security of the organization’s critical data.
“Through IP-Converge’s cloud services, we expect to see increased efficiency and improved productivity for our employees through better coordination and document sharing,” said Moya.
Google Apps also enables full administrative and data control, allowing Administrators to deeply customize Google Apps to meet their technical, branding and business requirements. Google Apps is highly reliable and easy to operate, but customers requiring administration support can immediately contact IP-Converge, which has received training, support and deployment services from Google, as well as access to APIs for integrating Google Apps into customers’ business operations.
“We urge other government agencies like DBM to take advantage of Cloud Computing and the benefits they stand to gain from taking their operations to the Cloud,” said Huergas. “Accessibility, data security and easier collaboration are just a few features that will surely improve overall productivity in the workplace.” he adds.
IP-Converge is one of the country’s prime movers of Cloud Computing, offering a full suite of Cloud solutions, from Infrastructure-as-a-Service operating in its telco-grade data centers, to Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service through its partnerships with Google and other world-leaders in the Cloud Computing space.